Senior official cautions that a hostage deal is still ‘far’ off, confirms Hamas eased demands

A senior political official tells reporters that despite an initial framework for a hostage deal being agreed by negotiators in Paris, “we are still far from a deal.”

The official confirms that Hamas has softened its demands, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called “ludicrous.”

“Hamas has given up some of its demands due to the tough stance taken by Prime Minister Netanyahu,” the official says.

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